The 2018 Lexus RC is one of the more performance-oriented offerings in the Lexus lineup. It has all of the hallmarks of a successful sports car: a classic coupe design, a thrill-inducing engine and a stylish, sporty interior.
In recent years, Lexus has gone to great lengths to reshape itself as a brand associated with exciting cars, and that begins with the exterior design. Take one or multiple looks at the 2018 RC and you aren’t likely to find anything that can be described as boring, from the large and aggressive “spindle” grille and low stance to the large wheels, stylish vents and flares and uniquely stacked exhaust pipes. Compared to its German and American rivals, the RC now looks to be the most menacing of the lot. Fortunately, this isn’t overdone, as the coupe nonetheless retains that same sophistication and grace characteristic of Lexus models.
The 2018 Lexus RC offers four engines that check all the boxes: four, six and eight cylinders. The base unit is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that produces 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, after which comes a 3.5-liter V6 making 260 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. That same V6 is tuned up to 311 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, while at the top of the line a 5.0-liter V8 is rated at 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque for maximum performance. The Lexus RC is available either with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission or with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic. When the car is put in Sport S or Sport S+ mode, shifting speed is modified based on G forces to provide a truly responsive and exhilarating ride.
Technology and finish
Lexus is renowned for its attention to detail, its use of quality materials and its impeccable fit-and-finish. The 2018 Lexus RC is not an exception to this, from the perforated leather-trimmed shift knob and steering wheel to the perfectly contoured seats and NuLuxe seating material, the last being not just comfortable but also weighing half as much as leather. The technologies are top-of-the-class as well, including the dual-zone climate control that features a smog sensor, the Lexus Memory System that remembers your seat, steering wheel and mirror settings, the 10.3-inch split-screen multimedia navigation system and the 17-speaker Mark Levinson® premium surround sound system. All of this is supplemented by excellent Lexus Enform services, such as App Suite 2.0 and Enform Remote, which take the RC’s convenience and connectivity to a new level.
Lexus’ latest RC is a success. Tech geeks, thrill seekers or businessmen simply looking for a plush ride will all find something to love in this new, beautifully-designed and very polished luxury car.
This article is presented by Lexus of Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.